Scary things that could happen on Twitter

Sometimes, technology is wonderful. Other times, no one bothers to weigh in the negative aspects of the technology.
Take for example, the latest fad, Twitter.
The whole concept is to answer the question: “What are you doing?”
That’s fine. But there is also such a thing as too much disclosure. Take a look at Scoble telling the world where he is and how he is doing. He says that it’s notifying friends and coworkers of his situation… but can you see what could potentially become an issue here?


Here’s another hint. Look at the latest fiasco involving Kathy Sierra. While many people claim it comes with the territory, this is sick. Plain sick. And no one can deny that it is partially due to full disclosure of your life on the Internet. The one time that RSS feeds might be terrible. Now let’s focus back on Twitter.
The TOS (terms of service) say that you must be 13 years or older to use the service. Yet, there is nothing to lock a child down from predators. At all. Anyone can watch the public stream, and from there you can gather all sorts of private information. Say that little 13 year old Johnny has baseball practice.
“Hey guys, I’m playing ball at 14th and 22nd. Come join me!” Take a wild guess if you used Twittervision to see this, what could happen.
Too much disclosure. With MySpace, you can lock down the accounts. With SecondLife there is a teen grid. But with Twitter? What do you do? You could technically say that you don’t have to be a part of the public stream. But should children even have the choice?
The Internet is full of fascinating tools and information. But it can be used for good and evil. Just because there is the freedom of information flow doesn’t mean that there are not scary predators out there looking to threaten or harm anyone else. Even adults. With all of the positive talk about this technology, has this even crossed anyone’s mind? It sure doesn’t seem like it. I hate to say it, but from my point of view, it doesn’t seem like it was very obvious to protect younger users by those at Obvious. Hopefully, that’s changed for the better soon before someone that’s not so nice catches wind of these thoughts and begins to exploit it.

  • You may have something as text messages are popular with teens 🙁 Another service for parents to keep an eye on.
    Conversely, it will be interesting to see how the new API features are going to be utilyzed by third party programs. Nik Cubrilovic has a good post about the possibilities.

  • You may have something as text messages are popular with teens 🙁 Another service for parents to keep an eye on.
    Conversely, it will be interesting to see how the new API features are going to be utilyzed by third party programs. Nik Cubrilovic has a good post about the possibilities.

  • Fec Stench

    Thanks, but the Wife won’t let me text message anyway.

  • Thanks, but the Wife won’t let me text message anyway.